About Project REACH

Project REACH (Rigor, Equity, and Access through Collaboration in Higher Education to Support Students with High-Incidence Disabilities) responds to a critical need of highly qualified special education teachers serving 1-12 learners with high-incidence disabilities in high need, culturally and linguistically diverse urban settings (CLD). Through Project REACH, Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) faculty will collaborate to redesign and implement a new integrated teacher preparation program to better prepare highly qualified dually certified general and special education teachers to provide rigorous and accessible services for students with high-incidence disabilities in grades 1-12 urban schools. Equity and excellence are themes that will frame the GSE’s newly designed teacher education programs to produce collaborative teacher-leaders who demonstrate that diversity strengthens a learning community. 

Project Objective 1

Revise course syllabi to develop Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) by implementing the requirements of Individuals with Disabilties Education Act (IDEA), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and New York State Department of Education in newly revised integrated teacher education programs.

Project Objective 2

Increase the number of program graduates who both meet the HQT requirements of NCLB and IDEA, and possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with students with high-incidence disabilities in general education contexts as required under these same guidelines.

Project Objective 3

Develop assessment and support systems in the integrated teacher education programs to ensure successful program completion.

Project Objective 4

Provide sustained systematic induction and mentoring to support retention of effective teachers.

Project Objective 5

Restructure programs to promote levels of collaboration with NYSDE and among faculty in special education, general education, counseling, school psychology, and educational leadership programs to plan, implement, and sustain the redesigned programs.

Project Objective 6

Evaluate academic gains of students with high-incidence disabilities and students from CLD backgrounds as a result of being taught by HQT who have both content knowledge and EBP.

Project Objective 7

To evaluate and research program, graduate, and 1-12 student-related outcomes and sustainability.

Project Objective 8

Disseminate effective EBP resulting from Project REACH.

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